February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Joy Fleishhacker

About Joy Fleishhacker

Joy Fleishhacker is a librarian, former SLJ staffer, and freelance editor and writer who works at the Pikes Peak Library District in southern Colorado.

Amazing Animals, From the Pectinator to the Sea Sparkle

Featuring mesmerizing facts, dazzling visuals, and fun-to-browse formats, these nonfiction offerings will grab readers and inspire young naturalists.

Great Books: Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Warm up a brisk winter day by showcasing satisfying picture books that abound with sweet valentine wishes, affable hugs and kisses, and the heartfelt affection shared by family and friends.

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass | A Bibliography

A selected bibliography in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass.

A Passion for Words: Three Bibliophiles Who Changed the World

Three 2017 picture book bios present a uniquely envisioned portrait of its subject, while also celebrating the power of books to express ideas, rouse imaginations, and inspire discussion.

The Power of Possibility: Dreamers Who Changed the World

New inspiring picture book biographies introduce individuals who fought against impossible odds, and persevered to achieve magnificent things.

Falling for Fall: Great Books To Celebrate the Season

These fun-to-share picture books with exuberant artwork accentuate the sense of wonder inherent in nature’s transformations.

Smiles of Bibliophiles: Celebrating Books and Reading

Share these titles to celebrate the importance and empowerment of literacy and to set the tone for a book-loving school year.

Blast from the (Recent) Past: 13 Great Middle Grade and YA

Set between 1969 and 2010, these works of historical fiction take readers back to a time that seems at once modern and long ago

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Easy as 1-2-3 | The Best of the New Math Books

From enchanting picture books to engrossing manuals, these offerings will provide fresh ways to present and explore ideas and reinforce fundamentals.

The Skinny on Sharks: Scintillating Summer Reads

These high-interest nonfiction titles will keep kids reading throughout the summer, inspire interest in marine biology, and add depth to any STEM collection.

Flaps, Folds, and Facts: Adventuring with Interactive Books

A selection of enjoyable interactive books that encourage basic literacy skills, provide informational content, and inspire curiosity.

Great Books About Summer

Jump into the season with these hot-off-the-press, delightful-to-share picture books.

Explore the Natural World | Big Books for Browsing

Explore these four fact-packed, boldly illustrated, oversized books that delve into the many and multifaced wonders of nature.

Gardens Galore: Embrace Spring with These Great Books

From flower blossoms to farmers’ market bounty, these picture books celebrate all sorts of growing things and nurture an appreciation of backyard nature.

Reading Around the World | Picture Books

Blending striking artwork, captivating storytelling, and universal themes, these recently published picture books provide glimpses at the lives of children across the globe.

Fictional Introductions to Remarkable Real-Life Women

More intimate than traditional biographies, these carefully researched, these well-written works of historical fiction provide inviting introductions to real-life, fascinating women.

Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

Love Is In the Air | Great Books

Filled with heartfelt hugs, satisfying smooches, and unbounded affection, these appealing picture books are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year.

Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky | SLJ Review

KVASNOSKY, Laura McGee. Little Wolf’s First Howling. illus. by Laura McGee Kvasnosky & Kate Harvey McGee. 32p. Candlewick. Apr. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763689711.

PreS-Gr 2 –As night falls, a canine father and son head to a hilltop for an important rite of passage. First, Little Wolf watches as Big Wolf models proper howling form: he stands tall, points his muzzle skyward, and sings out a thrilling “AAAAOOOO….” Eager to give it a try, Little Wolf echoes the classic […]

Great Books: Celebrating Winter

Picture books filled with cold-weather escapades, charismatic characters, and crystalline emotions are the perfect accompaniments to hot cocoa as readers and listeners await spring.